Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Presenters

Rasanath Dasa

A disciple of the renowned spiritual leader Radhanath Swami, in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, Rasanath has been practicing Bhakti Yoga for over 14 years. He has taught the Bhagavad Gita at universities (Cornell University and the University of Albany) as well as in various yoga schools, including the Kripalu Yoga Center.

Rasanath also holds an MBA degree from Cornell University; he has worked as an investment banker for Bank of America and a strategy consultant for Mindteck. His dissection of the Bhagavad Gita relies upon his erudition in a wide range of topics, from economics, life sciences, history, current events,and yoga traditions.

Rasanath's Huffington Post Page

His TedXGotham talk on "The Practice of Monasticism in a World of Business and Technology"

Ghanashyam Dasa

Ghanasyam das is from Redbank, New Jersey. His love for classical music sparked his interest in spirituality. Gradually his spiritual quest superseded his interest in music. Deeply impacted by the teachings and personality of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he soon became an ardent student of his works.

In 2003 he started his life as a monk at the Bhaktivedanta Ashram in New York. In 2006 he received initiation in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition from Radhanath Swami. Currently he is a Hindu Chaplain at New York University, where he teaches the Bhagavad-gita and vegetarian cooking classes. He also regularly delivers presentations at the Bhakti Center.